European Union unhappy with Britain's plans for border with Ireland post-brexit

With slow progress on agreeing Britain's divorce bill ensuring expatriates rights and deciding on the Irish border the EU doubts it will give a green light in October for starting talks about the post Brexit order as had been planned

"We welcome the opportunity to discuss the points that have been made to us in the evidence we have taken so far and to raise our concerns about the impact of Brexit in Scotland".

Britain's position paper on its future border with Ireland "worries me", EU Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday.

In its own position paper, the European Union does not put forward it own suggestions on the Irish border, saying it is the responsibility of the UK.

The statement from the government suggests a possible rift between London and Dublin over what to do if the negotiations between the parties in Northern Ireland - principally the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Féin - fail to produce a compromise.

"The UK wants to use Ireland as a kind of test case for the future EU-UK customs relations".

The UK has argued that especially the Ireland question can not be disentangled from other issues, such as customs and future trade deals, and therefore these negotiations should run in parallel.

"This will not happen".

The EU which will have 27 member states after Brexit wants to solve key exit issues before opening talks about any future trade cooperation with Britain. London says divorce talks should run in parallel with discussions about future ties
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He said: "I like what the British government is saying about the need to maintain a soft border but it's very unclear how that would be done if we leave the customs union".

He added: "Creativity and flexibility can not be at the expense of the integrity of the single market and customs union".

"We welcome the Government's commitment to negotiating an interim period so that firms can ensure they are ready to adapt to the changing relationships and thrive under the new partnership being created with the EU". Since the signing of the Good Friday peace deal in 1998, Northern Ireland's economy has become increasingly intertwined with its southern neighbor, especially in key sectors such as agriculture.

The border between the Irish Republic and the British province of Northern Ireland is open to free flow of goods, being an internal European Union frontier.

The crossbench peer, who ran the Foreign Office's diplomatic service 2002-2006, said there was not an "immediate risk" of violence but the possibility could not be "ignored".

Sky News has obtained a letter being circulated in FTSE 100 and other company boardrooms which praises ministers' commitment to securing a transition period after the United Kingdom leaves the European Union (EU).

Its intervention will fuel suggestions that the European Union effectively wants to move the border to the Irish Sea. "And that is for the United Kingdom to remain in an extended Customs Union and Single Market, or some version of that concept, taking advantage of the new and comprehensive trade deals the EU is reaching with countries like Canada and Japan".

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